World Cup hosts Russia held to 1-1 draw by Iran in friendly

By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber MOSCOW, Oct 10 : World Cup hosts Russia needed a second-half equaliser from Zenit St Petersburg striker Dmitry Poloz to secure a 1-1 draw against Iran in a friendly in Kazan on Tuesday. Russia fell behind when Iran striker Sardar Azmoun beat back-up goalkeeper Andrei Lunev in the 57th minute after Mehdi […]

Illarramendi rocket gives Spain narrow win in Israel

By Richard Martin Undated, Oct 10 : Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi scored a thumping first international goal to give Spain a 1-0 win away to Israel in Group G on Monday, which rounded off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a ninth victory in 10 games. Illarramendi appeared on the edge of the area […]

Shaky Croatia grab World Cup playoff place with 2-0 win over Ukraine

By Philip O’Connor Undated, Oct 10: Striker Andrej Kramaric struck two superb second-half goals to grab second spot in Group I for Croatia and a place in the playoffs, as they beat Ukraine 2-0 in their final World Cup qualifier in Kiev on Monday. Having sacked manager Ante Cacic and replaced him with Zlatko Dalic […]

Australia have only victory in mind for Syria second leg

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Oct 9 : Coach Ange Postecoglou has just one result in mind when he sends Australia out to face Syria in the second leg of their Asian World Cup qualifying playoff against Syria on Tuesday — an emphatic victory. Last week’s 1-1 draw in Malaysia, Syria’s ‘home’ for the qualifiers, means […]

Russia face S Korea in first test since Confed Cup letdown

By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber MOSCOW, Oct 6 : Russia are set to gauge their strength in a friendly against South Korea in Moscow on Saturday, a first international test for the World Cup hosts since they were knocked out of the Confederations Cup on home soil. The hosts of next year’s World Cup have not had […]

England no longer expects, despite World Cup qualification

By Martyn Herman LONDON, Oct 6 : England’s players lined up to congratulate each other following the win over Slovenia which assured World Cup qualification on Thursday but when they turned to acknowledge the crowd, they saw nothing more than thousands of empty red seats. Wembley Stadium, which had been barely half full all night, […]